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08/22/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/22/2023 05:05

Applications Now Open: Coalition for Digital Africa DNSSEC Roadshow Project

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) Roadshows project, an effort of the Coalition for Digital Africa. The goal of this project is to promote the adoption and implementation of DNSSEC protocols to improve the security of African country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). The roadshows are intended to provide ccTLD operators with the tools and expertise they need to protect their infrastructure, maintain user trust, and improve overall Internet security.

ICANN is dedicated to creating a safe and resilient Internet ecosystem. Improving DNSSEC adoption has long been a priority for ICANN in Africa. We understand the value of DNSSEC in bolstering trust and confidence in online transactions. In Africa, where the digital economy is quickly expanding, supporting DNSSEC adoption and deployment is critical.

The DNSSEC Roadshows project provides a unique opportunity for African ccTLD operators to be supported in their journey to DNSSEC implementation and promotion. The project provides technical training and support to ccTLD operators interested in deploying DNSSEC as part of their commitment to contribute to a globally secured DNS infrastructure and a safe online environment.

ccTLD operators that wish to participate in the DNSSEC Roadshows project are requested to submit their application by 23:59 UTC on 30 September 2023.

The project will select up to 13 ccTLD operators to participate in the DNSSEC Roadshows project. Seven openings are available for fiscal year 2024 (July 2023 - June 2024).

Please visit the Coalition for Digital Africa's website to learn how to apply, the requirements, and selection criteria. The application period will close at 23:59 UTC on 30 September 2023. If you have any questions or need further information, please send an email to [email protected].

The Coalition for Digital Africa brings together numerous organizations with the common goal of boosting Internet access and assisting in the development of Africa's digital economy. This collaborative endeavor aims to close the digital divide and empower individuals and companies across Africa. The DNSSEC Roadshows project will play an important role in upgrading the security landscape of Africa's digital infrastructure and in highlighting how ccTLDs contribute to this mission.

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address - a name or a number - into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.